Time and time again, Cape Town appears on lists as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With the majestic Table Mountain on the one end and the blue wonders of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans on the other, the unique charm of the city captivates all who dare to venture to these shores.
One of the best ways to experience the Mother City’s urban charm and natural splendour is by indulging in a picnic. And with the warmer months of spring and summer just around the corner, here is a list of ten beautiful picnic spots where you can enjoy stunning landscapes and delicious food.
So, pack your basket, grab a blanket and go!
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Set against the backdrop of Table Mountain, this botanical garden is a haven for nature enthusiasts and offers a range of idyllic picnic spots. From the expansive lawns to the shady groves, you can dine amidst colourful flowers and towering trees.
Green Point Urban Park
Situated in the heart of the city, Green Point Urban Park combines lush lawns, beautiful landscapes, and a view of the iconic Cape Town Stadium. It’s the ideal spot for families to unwind and enjoy a picnic in a convenient location.
Escape to the lush woodlands of Newlands Forest, where you can enjoy a peaceful picnic surrounded by towering trees and the gentle sound of rustling leaves. A network of trails also offers post-picnic adventures.
Overlooking the iconic postcard view of Table Mountain across Table Bay, Bloubergstrand Beach is a perfect picnic spot for those who love the sound of waves crashing on the shore. Watch the kite surfers dance on the water while you indulge in a picnic feast.
Silvermine Nature Reserve
Silvermine offers a range of hiking trails and serene picnic spots in the heart of the Southern Peninsula. Choose a shaded area near the reservoir and revel in the tranquillity of nature.
For those seeking a shady, forested picnic spot, Tokai Forest fits the bill perfectly. With tall trees, peaceful streams, and various walking trails, you can immerse yourself in nature while enjoying your meal.
The four pristine Clifton Beaches boast soft sands and stunning turquoise waters. Set up your picnic on the golden shoreline and enjoy the gentle sound of waves crashing as you bask in the sun.
Table Mountain National Park
For the more adventurous picnickers, Table Mountain National Park offers a range of scenic spots with panoramic views. Choose from the grassy plateau of Signal Hill or the secluded Oudekraal beach. Hike up to your chosen spot, spread out your blanket and enjoy breathtaking vistas as you dine.
Cape Point Vineyards
Indulge in a gourmet picnic experience at the Cape Point Vineyards. Set against a backdrop of vineyards and the Atlantic Ocean, the estate offers curated picnic baskets that accompany its award-winning wines. It’s a true fusion of flavours and landscapes.
De Hel Nature Area
For those seeking tranquility away from the crowds, De Hel Nature Area in Constantia offers a secluded picnic site alongside the soothing sound of the Diep River. The shaded spots beneath the trees provide respite on warm days.